Navy Men Place Second at Outdoor Track League Championship
May 5, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Navy men's track and field team won six individual titles en route to a runner-up team finish at the 2012 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Holy Cross' Hart Field. Bucknell won the men's team title with 167 points, Navy was second at 153 and Army placed third with 149 points.
"Our kids did a very good job in the 1500 and that was a big boost for us early in the day and got us rolling," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "But we just ran out of gas right towards the end."
Freshman Mark Vetere, who won the pole vault title on Friday, earned the Patriot League's Rookie of the Meet award. Vetere also earned the rookie of the meet accolade of the indoor league championship after also winning the pole vault. Vetere cleared a personal record of 16-2¾ (4.95m, IC4A) to win the pole vault on Friday.
Navy loaded up with five entries into the 1,500m run and the move paid off in a big way as the Mids captured 27 points in the event by taking spots 1-2-3-5-6.
Senior Dominic Della Pelle won his fifth career Patriot League title by taking first in the 1,500m with a time of 3:51.06. Senior Cody Rome was second in the event with a 3:51.62 and sophomore Weston Kennedy was right behind Rome for third place at 3:51.72.
Senior Ken Bunnell, in his first season of running the 3,000m steeplechase, won the Patriot League title in the event with an IC4A-qualyfing time of 9:04.14, edging Lehigh's Evans Kosgei by 1.59 seconds.
Senior Chris Boniwell won the shot put title for the second year in a row with a first-place effort of 53-1¾ (16.20m, IC4A), his best mark of the outdoor season.
Sophomore Zack Duncavage won the discus title after placing second in the event as a freshman in 2011. Duncavage made a first-place throw of 177-5 (54.07m, IC4A), his second-best mark of the season behind only his school-record throw. The throw is the sixth-best in school history.
Senior Josh Houston earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors by placing second in the high jump. Houston matched his personal record height of 6-10¼ (2.09m, IC4A) to tie for first, but was bumped to second based on previous attempts.
Rome came back on the track to take second place in the 5,000m run with a 14:23.72 (IC4A) and Satterwhite was sixth at 14:43.92. Rome earned a pair of runner-up finishes on Saturday.
Junior Mitch Simmonds placed fourth in the finals of the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.60 (IC4A).
Navy will next send its qualified athletes to the IC4A Championship next weekend in Princeton.
Patriot League Rookie of the Meet Mark Vetere
All-Patriot League Second Team (Runner-Up) Cody Rome 5,000m Cody Rome 1,500m Josh Houston High Jump Ryan Kochert Pole Vault Aaron Zack Javelin 4x400m Relay (Jackson, Kempel, Kingsland, Evers) 4x800m Relay (Kennedy, Della Pelle, Kingsland, Evers)